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‘Beatlemania’ at the Montgomery Senior Center

Paying Tribute to Rock-and-Roll Classics that Never Get Old

Post Date:09/14/2018 1:47 PM

MONTGOMERY – Fifty-four years ago, the Beatles arrived in America where they appeared on national television and started a rock-and-roll revolution that is often referred to as “Beatlemania.” To pay homage to this history-making band, the Montgomery Senior Center created their own version of “Beatlemania, with a performance given by the center’s very own musicians, “The Full Monty Uke Band.

As they belted out Beatles songs, the 24-member uke band strummed, played kazoos, and sounded hand-held percussion instruments called boomwhackers– hollow plastic tubes with varying lengths that generate different notes when struck on a solid surface. 

The highlight of the event was a duet performed by instructor Chris Gardella and center member Ron Henry, which was followed by a creative slide show featuring center members John and Marie DiRocco in their costumed portrayal of the Beatles hit, “Honey Pie.”  

The musical event was designed by Denise Crowley, the center’s community resource manager, and Elyse Rufulo, senior center associate, in partnership with the Coffeehouse Project, a local non-profit organization run by John Ruán Fitzpatrick and Rebecca Kain.

Montgomery Senior Center, located at 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services. The multi-purpose facility offers a variety of activities, including evidence-based exercise and wellness classes and other educational programs, health screenings and a social setting that embrace cultural diversity. 

Somerset County senior centers offer a wide range of experiences for active older adults in a social and uplifting atmosphere intended to positively impact the overall health of seniors. Members can participate in a variety of programs and activities.

For more information about the Montgomery Senior Center, contact Manager Denise Crowley at or (609) 466-0846.

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